It’s a feeling. You know it, and I know it. A quickening pulse, frantic glances at the time, and hurried decisions about what stays and what goes. Being over-scheduled, overworked, and overwhelmed has become commonplace in our culture. We rush from one thing to the next, days so packed that there’s barely time to breathe. It looks like we’re doing so much, we’re successful and accomplished and “ahead,” but in those few moments between collapsing on our beds at night and falling asleep, a question can creep into our minds: “Is this it?”
We live busy, and we glorify busy. It’s a badge of honor to be needed, necessary, and called upon. But what is this way of life doing to our souls? Is it moving us closer to God, or is it causing us to run from Him to the next thing?
We all need space in our lives. Space to play, space to create, space to connect, space to read, space to rest. We need space to be human. We need space to grow. Most of all, we need space to respond to the call of God.
As we enter into the first full week of Lent, I invite you to join me in asking the question, “Where is God asking me to create space in my life?”
Maybe it’s the first hour of the day, where God wants to meet you and give you everything that you need to step into the rest of the day with grace. Maybe it’s at lunch, when you can head to Daily Mass or watch the mass online, turning all your notifications off. Maybe it’s a quiet walk after dinner, headphones out, just listening to the world around you and sharing your thoughts and heart with the Lord in prayer.
God is asking you to create space for Him. He doesn’t want you to be busy, He wants you to be His. Living closely with Him, removing the obstacles and activities that keep us frantic and frenetic, and choosing to rest in His peace will give us a life more deeply and profoundly fulfilling than we could ever imagine. God is already waiting for you – will you say yes to His invitation?
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Jane Kennedy lives in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and works in criminal justice reform. When she’s not working or writing, she’s probably catching up with friends on FaceTime, getting lost in Rock Creek Park, quoting C.S. Lewis, or trying to recreate Salt and Straw ice cream at home.